FIFA World Cup 2018: Germany's loss against Mexico gives Belgium, England incentive to finish second in group
Germany's shock defeat against Mexico could have positive implications for Belgium and England, allowing them an easier route to the final if they finish second.
Germany’s surprise loss to Mexico could create a strange situation in Group G where England and Belgium may face a theoretically easier path to the last four if they finish second rather than top of the standings.
The winners of Group G — which also features Tunisia and Panama — will play a last-16 match against the Group H runners-up, Colombia, Japan, Senegal or Poland.
If that game is won the most likely quarter-final opponents would be five-times world champions Brazil. The path for the runners-up was expected to lead to an equally difficult quarter-final against defending champions Germany, after a round of 16 game against the winners of Group H.
Manisha equalised for India after Debora Oliveira had put the 2007 World Cup runners-up in the lead in the very first minute of the match.
Expectations are high that England, now with invaluable experience under the belts, can add a second World Cup to their only previous major tournament win in 1966.